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Warner Music Group Corp. Reports Results for Fiscal Third Quarter Ended June 30, 2014

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 08/07/14 --


  • Total revenue increased 16.9% on a constant-currency basis
  • Recorded Music revenue increased 20.8% on a constant-currency basis
  • Cash balance increased to $142 million versus $102 million for the prior-year quarter
  • OIBDA was $66 million versus $69 million in the prior-year quarter
  • Net loss was $184 million versus $62 million in the prior-year quarter

Warner Music Group Corp. today announced its third-quarter financial results for the period ended June 30, 2014.

"A stronger release schedule, combined with sustained investment in exceptional artistic talent and first-class execution by our operators, delivered robust results this quarter," said Stephen Cooper, Warner Music Group's CEO. "We are especially pleased to see our strategic moves pay off, with the acquisition of Parlophone Label Group (PLG) being a key contributor to this quarter's success. We expect our momentum to continue through the remainder of the fiscal year, due to several exciting artist releases in the coming months."

"We are pleased with our financial performance with key highlights including solid revenue growth, improvement in Adjusted OIBDA and an increase in our cash balance as compared to the prior-year quarter," added Brian Roberts, Warner Music Group's Executive Vice President and CFO. "Excluding the non-recurring costs associated with the PLG acquisition and integration, our cash flow from operations was strong and we remain committed to delivering solid free cash flow in the quarters to come."

Total WMG

Total WMG Summary Results
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(dollars in millions)
                                    For the        For the
                                 Three Months   Three Months
                                    Ended          Ended
                                   June 30,       June 30,
                                     2014           2013         % Change
                                 ------------   ------------   -----------
                                  (unaudited)    (unaudited)
Revenue                          $        788   $        663            19%
Digital revenue                           324            257            26%
Operating (loss) income                   (15)             8             -
Adjusted operating income(1)               28             18            56%
OIBDA                                      66             69            (4%)
Adjusted OIBDA(1)                         109             79            38%
Net loss                                 (184)           (62)            -
Adjusted net loss (1)            $       (141)  $        (52)            -

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(1) See "Supplemental Disclosures Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures"
 at the end of this release for details regarding these measures.

For the quarter, total revenue grew 18.9% (or 16.9% in constant currency) reflecting a stronger release schedule and the July 1, 2013 acquisition of Parlophone Label Group ("PLG"). Excluding PLG, total revenue increased 3.5%. Both U.S. and international revenue grew, 11.4% and 23.8%, respectively, led by strength in Recorded Music revenue. Prior to intersegment eliminations, U.S. and international revenue represented 38.3% and 61.7% of total revenue, respectively, compared to 40.9% and 59.1% of total revenue, respectively, in the prior-year quarter. Recorded Music revenue grew 22.8% and Music Publishing revenue grew 2.2% due to strength in digital revenue. Digital revenue grew 26.1% representing 41.1% of total revenue, compared to 38.8% in the prior-year quarter. Growth in digital revenue reflects the acquisition of PLG as well as strong growth in streaming revenue. Excluding PLG, digital revenue increased 11.7%.

On an as-reported basis, OIBDA declined slightly to $66 million from $69 million in the prior-year quarter and OIBDA margin contracted 2.0 percentage points to 8.4% from 10.4%. The decline in OIBDA and OIBDA margin is a result of one-time charges related to PLG restructuring and integration costs and real estate costs related to moving the company's corporate headquarters (the "Q3 2014 Charges"). Excluding the Q3 2014 Charges, Adjusted OIBDA was $109 million versus $79 million in the prior-year quarter and Adjusted OIBDA margin was 13.8% compared to 11.9% in the prior-year quarter. Excluding PLG, Adjusted OIBDA increased 3.8% to $82 million. As-reported operating loss was $15 million compared to as-reported operating income of $8 million in prior-year quarter reflecting a decline in OIBDA as a result of the Q3 2014 Charges and higher amortization expense resulting from the PLG acquisition. Net loss was $184 million compared to a net loss of $62 million in the prior-year quarter, and included $141 million of loss recorded on extinguishment of debt.

Adjusted operating income, Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted net loss exclude the Q3 2014 Charges. See below for calculations and reconciliations of OIBDA, Adjusted operating income, Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted net loss.

As of June 30, 2014, the company reported a cash balance of $142 million, long-term debt of $3.033 billion and net debt (total long-term debt, including the current portion, minus cash) of $2.904 billion. There was no balance outstanding on the company's revolver as of June 30, 2014.

Cash used by operating activities was $38 million compared to cash provided by operating activities of $22 million in the prior-year quarter. The decline primarily reflects the decline in OIBDA as a result of the Q3 2014 Charges. Free Cash Flow, defined below, was negative $55 million compared to negative $25 million in the prior-year quarter due to the decline in cash from operating activities and an increase in capital expenditures to $16 million from $10 million in the prior-year quarter. The $6 million increase in capital expenditures was primarily due to leasehold improvements related to relocating the company's corporate headquarters and consolidating offices in the U.K.

Recorded Music

Recorded Music Summary Results
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(dollars in millions)
                                      For the       For the
                                   Three Months  Three Months
                                      Ended         Ended
                                     June 30,      June 30,
                                       2014          2013        % Change
                                   ------------  ------------  -----------
                                    (unaudited)   (unaudited)
Revenue                            $        656  $        534           23%
Digital revenue                             299           236           27%
Operating income                             11            22          (50%)
Adjusted operating income(1)                 44            29           52%
OIBDA                                        71            62           15%
Adjusted OIBDA(1)                  $        104  $         69           51%

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(1) See "Supplemental Disclosures Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures"
 at the end of this release for details regarding these measures.

Recorded Music revenue increased 22.8% (or 20.8% in constant currency) reflecting a strong release schedule. Excluding PLG, revenue increased 3.7%. Total physical and digital revenue grew 21.0% (0.2% excluding PLG), Artists Services and Expanded Rights revenue grew 35.3% (33.8% excluding PLG) and licensing revenue grew 21.2% (7.7% decline excluding PLG). Digital revenue growth of 26.7% was driven by the strong release schedule, the acquisition of PLG and growth in streaming revenue. Digital revenue represented 45.6% of total Recorded Music revenue, compared to 44.2% in the prior-year quarter. Domestic Recorded Music digital revenue was $149 million, or 58.9% of total domestic Recorded Music, revenue compared to 57.8% in prior-year quarter. Excluding PLG, digital revenue increased 11%. Major sellers included Coldplay, The Black Keys, Ed Sheeran, Linkin Park, Led Zeppelin, Jason Derulo and Lily Allen.

Recorded Music operating income margin contracted 2.4 percentage points to 1.7% from 4.1% in the prior-year quarter. Recorded Music OIBDA was up 14.5% to $71 million while Recorded Music OIBDA margin declined 0.8 percentage points to 10.8% from 11.6% due to the Q3 2014 Charges.

Music Publishing

Music Publishing Summary Results
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(dollars in millions)
                                      For the       For the
                                   Three Months  Three Months
                                      Ended         Ended
                                     June 30,      June 30,
                                       2014          2013        % Change
                                   ------------  ------------  -----------
                                    (unaudited)   (unaudited)
Revenue                            $        137  $        134            2%
Digital revenue                              27            22           23%
Operating income                              6            11          (45%)
OIBDA                                        24            28          (14%)

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Music Publishing revenue grew 2.2% on an as-reported basis and 0.7% in constant-currency. Digital revenue grew 22.7% due to growth in streaming revenue. Digital revenue represented 19.7% of total Music Publishing revenue, compared to 16.4% in the prior-year quarter. Performance revenue was up 2.0% driven by the timing of collection society distributions. Mechanical revenue fell 6.1% in the quarter due to the continued transition from physical to digital sales. Synchronization revenue fell 3.8% due to changes in the licensing marketplace.

Music Publishing operating income margin declined 3.8 percentage points to 4.4% from 8.2% in the prior-year quarter. Music Publishing OIBDA declined to $24 million, while Music Publishing OIBDA margin declined 3.4 percentage points to 17.5% from 20.9% primarily due to the flow through of certain higher margin deals in the prior-year quarter. While Music Publishing OIBDA was down in the quarter and can fluctuate from quarter to quarter due to revenue mix and timing of collections, for the nine months ended June 30, 2014, Music Publishing OIBDA was up 1.0% and OIBDA margin was steady at 25.3% compared to 25.7% in the prior-year period.

Financial details for the quarter can be found in the company's current Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2014, filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

This morning, management will be hosting a conference call to discuss the results at 8:30 A.M. EDT. The call will be webcast on www.wmg.com.

About Warner Music Group
With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Big Beat, East West, Elektra, Erato, Fueled by Ramen, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros., Warner Classics, Warner Music Nashville and Word, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
This communication includes forward-looking statements that reflect the current views of Warner Music Group about future events and financial performance. Words such as "estimates," "expects," "anticipates," "projects," "plans," "intends," "believes," "forecasts" and variations of such words or similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends, or that do not relate to historical matters, identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are made as of today, and we disclaim any duty to update such statements. Our expectations, beliefs and projections are expressed in good faith and we believe there is a reasonable basis for them. However, we cannot assure you that management's expectations, beliefs and projections will result or be achieved. Investors should not rely on forward-looking statements because they are subject to a variety of risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations. Please refer to our Form 10-K, Form 10-Qs and our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in our forward-looking statements.

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Basis of Consolidation
We maintain a 52-53 week fiscal year ending on the Friday nearest to each reporting date. As such, all references to June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2013 relate to the periods ended June 27, 2014 and June 28, 2013, respectively. For convenience purposes, we continue to date our financial statements as of June 30. All references to September 30, 2013 relate to the fiscal year ended on September 27, 2013. For convenience purposes, we continue to date our financial statements as of September 30.

Figure 1. Warner Music Group Corp. - Consolidated Statements of
 Operations, Three and Nine Months Ended 6/30/14 versus 6/30/13
(dollars in millions)


                                         For the        For the
                                      Three Months   Three Months
                                         Ended          Ended
                                        June 30,       June 30,        %
                                          2014           2013       Change
                                      ------------   ------------   ------
                                       (unaudited)    (unaudited)
Revenues                              $        788   $        663       19%
Costs and expenses:
Cost of revenues                              (417)          (369)      13%
Selling, general and administrative
 expenses                                     (319)          (238)      34%
Amortization expense                           (67)           (48)      40%
                                      ------------   ------------   ------
Total costs and expenses              $       (803)  $       (655)      23%
                                      ------------   ------------   ------
Operating (loss) income               $        (15)  $          8        -
Loss on extinguishment of debt                (141)            (2)       -
Interest expense, net                          (48)           (47)       2%
Other income (expense), net                      4             (2)       -
                                      ------------   ------------   ------
Loss before income taxes              $       (200)  $        (43)       -
Income tax benefit (expense)                    16            (19)       -
                                      ------------   ------------   ------
Net loss                              $       (184)  $        (62)       -
Less: income attributable to
 noncontrolling interest                        (1)            (1)       -
                                      ------------   ------------   ------
Net loss attributable to Warner
 Music Group Corp.                    $       (185)  $        (63)       -
                                      ============   ============   ======


                                      For the Nine   For the Nine
                                      Months Ended   Months Ended
                                        June 30,       June 30,        %
                                          2014           2013       Change
                                      ------------   ------------   ------
                                       (unaudited)    (unaudited)
Revenues                              $      2,256   $      2,107        7%
Costs and expenses:
Cost of revenues                            (1,177)        (1,103)       7%
Selling, general and administrative
 expenses                                     (885)          (745)      19%
Amortization expense                          (199)          (143)      39%
                                      ------------   ------------   ------
Total costs and expenses              $     (2,261)  $     (1,991)      14%
                                      ------------   ------------   ------
Operating (loss) income               $         (5)  $        116        -
Loss on extinguishment of debt                (141)           (85)      66%
Interest expense, net                         (157)          (149)       5%
Other expense, net                              (3)           (11)     (73%)
                                      ------------   ------------   ------
Loss before income taxes              $       (306)  $       (129)       -
Income tax benefit (expense)                    27             (8)       -
                                      ------------   ------------   ------
Net loss                              $       (279)  $       (137)       -
Less: income attributable to
 noncontrolling interest                        (3)            (4)     (25%)
                                      ------------   ------------   ------
Net loss attributable to Warner
 Music Group Corp.                    $       (282)  $       (141)     100%
                                      ============   ============   ======



Figure 2. Warner Music Group Corp. - Consolidated Balance Sheets as of
 6/30/14 versus 9/30/13
(dollars in millions)

                                      June 30,     September 30,      %
                                        2014            2013        Change
                                   -------------   -------------   -------
                                    (unaudited)      (audited)
Assets:
Current assets
  Cash & equivalents               $         142   $         155        (8%)
  Accounts receivable, net                   449             511       (12%)
  Inventories                                 37              33        12%
  Royalty advances (expected to
   be recouped w/in 1 year)                  101              93         9%
  Deferred tax assets                         43              43         -
  Prepaid and other current
   assets                                     72              59        22%
                                   -------------   -------------   -------
Total current assets               $         844   $         894        (6%)
Royalty advances (expected to be
 recouped after 1 year)                      190             173        10%
Property, plant & equipment, net             206             180        14%
Goodwill                                   1,675           1,668         -
Intangible assets subject to
 amortization, net                         2,978           3,107        (4%)
Intangible assets not subject to
 amortization                                121             120         1%
Other assets                                 102             110        (7%)
                                   -------------   -------------   -------
Total assets                       $       6,116   $       6,252        (2%)
                                   =============   =============   =======

Liabilities and Equity:
Current liabilities
  Accounts payable                 $         221   $         280       (21%)
  Accrued royalties                        1,163           1,147         1%
  Accrued liabilities                        261             308       (15%)
  Accrued interest                            50              75       (33%)
  Deferred revenue                           230             139        65%
  Current portion of long-term
   debt                                       13              13         -
  Other current liabilities                    8              25       (68%)
                                   -------------   -------------   -------
Total current liabilities          $       1,946   $       1,987        (2%)

Long-term debt                             3,033           2,854         6%
Deferred tax liabilities, net                396             439       (10%)
Other noncurrent liabilities                 281             229        23%
                                   -------------   -------------   -------
Total liabilities                  $       5,656   $       5,509         3%

Equity:
Common stock                                   -               -        NM
Additional paid-in capital                 1,128           1,128         -
Accumulated deficit                         (623)           (341)       83%
Accumulated other comprehensive
 loss                                        (63)            (61)        3%
                                   -------------   -------------   -------
Total Warner Music Group Corp.
 equity                            $         442   $         726       (39%)

Noncontrolling interest                       18              17         6%
                                   -------------   -------------   -------
Total equity                                 460             743       (38%)

                                   -------------   -------------   -------
Total liabilities and equity       $       6,116   $       6,252        (2%)
                                   =============   =============   =======



Figure 3. Warner Music Group Corp. - Summarized Statements of Cash Flows,
 Three and Nine Months Ended 6/30/14 versus 6/30/13
(dollars in millions)


                                                   For the        For the
                                                Three Months   Three Months
                                                   Ended          Ended
                                                  June 30,       June 30,
                                                    2014           2013
                                                ------------   ------------
                                                 (unaudited)    (unaudited)
Net cash (used in) provided by operating
 activities                                     $        (38)  $         22
Net cash used in investing activities                    (17)           (47)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing
 activities                                               48           (163)
Effect of foreign currency exchange rates on
 cash and equivalents                                      -             (4)
                                                ------------   ------------
Net decrease in cash and equivalents            $         (7)  $       (192)
                                                ============   ============



                                                For the Nine   For the Nine
                                                Months Ended   Months Ended
                                                  June 30,       June 30,
                                                    2014           2013
                                                ------------   ------------
                                                 (unaudited)    (unaudited)
Net cash provided by operating activities       $         41   $        147
Net cash used in investing activities                    (92)           (76)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing
 activities                                               43           (260)
Effect of foreign currency exchange rates on
 cash and equivalents                                     (5)           (11)
                                                ------------   ------------
Net decrease in cash and equivalents            $        (13)  $       (200)
                                                ============   ============

Supplemental Disclosures Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We evaluate our operating performance based on several factors, including the following non-GAAP financial measures:

OIBDA
OIBDA reflects our operating income before non-cash depreciation of tangible assets and non-cash amortization of intangible assets. We consider OIBDA to be an important indicator of the operational strengths and performance of our businesses, and believe the presentation of OIBDA helps improve the ability to understand our operating performance and evaluate our performance in comparison to comparable periods. However, a limitation of the use of OIBDA as a performance measure is that it does not reflect the periodic costs of certain capitalized tangible and intangible assets used in generating revenue in our businesses. Accordingly, OIBDA should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, operating income, net (loss) income and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In addition, OIBDA, as we calculate it, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies.

Figure 4. Warner Music Group Corp. - Reconciliation of OIBDA to Net Loss,
 Three and Nine Months Ended 6/30/14 versus 6/30/13
(dollars in millions)



                                        For the         For the
                                     Three Months    Three Months
                                        Ended           Ended
                                       June 30,        June 30,        %
                                         2014            2013       Change
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
                                      (unaudited)     (unaudited)
OIBDA                                $         66    $         69       (4%)
Depreciation expense                          (14)            (13)       8%
Amortization expense                          (67)            (48)      40%
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
Operating (loss) income              $        (15)   $          8        -
Loss on extinguishment of debt               (141)             (2)       -
Interest expense, net                         (48)            (47)       2%
Other income (expense), net                     4              (2)       -
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
Loss before income taxes             $       (200)   $        (43)       -
Income tax benefit (expense)                   16             (19)       -
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
Net loss                             $       (184)   $        (62)       -
Less: income attributable to
 noncontrolling interest                       (1)             (1)       -
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
Net (loss) income attributable to
 Warner Music Group Corp.            $       (185)   $        (63)       -
                                     ============    ============   ======


Operating (loss) income margin               (1.9%)           1.2%
OIBDA margin                                  8.4%           10.4%


                                     For the Nine    For the Nine
                                     Months Ended    Months Ended
                                       June 30,        June 30,        %
                                         2014            2013       Change
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
                                      (unaudited)     (unaudited)
OIBDA                                $        233    $        297      (22%)
Depreciation expense                          (39)            (38)       3%
Amortization expense                         (199)           (143)      39%
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
Operating (loss) income              $         (5)   $        116        -
Loss on extinguishment of debt               (141)            (85)      66%
Interest expense, net                        (157)           (149)       5%
Other expense, net                             (3)            (11)     (73%)
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
Loss before income taxes             $       (306)   $       (129)       -
Income tax benefit (expense)                   27              (8)       -
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
Net loss                             $       (279)   $       (137)       -
Less: income attributable to
 noncontrolling interest                       (3)             (4)     (25%)
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
Net loss attributable to Warner
 Music Group Corp.                   $       (282)   $       (141)     100%
                                     ============    ============   ======


Operating (loss) income margin               (0.2%)           5.5%
OIBDA margin                                 10.3%           14.1%



Figure 5. Warner Music Group Corp. - Reconciliation of Segment Operating
 Income to OIBDA, Three and Nine Months Ended 6/30/14 versus 6/30/13
(dollars in millions)


                                        For the         For the
                                     Three Months    Three Months
                                        Ended           Ended
                                       June 30,        June 30,        %
                                         2014            2013       Change
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
                                      (unaudited)     (unaudited)
Total WMG operating (loss) income -
 U.S. GAAP                           $        (15)   $          8        -
Depreciation and amortization
 expense                                       81              61       33%
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
Total WMG OIBDA                      $         66    $         69       (4%)
                                     ============    ============   ======

Operating (loss) income margin               (1.9%)           1.2%
OIBDA margin                                  8.4%           10.4%

Recorded Music operating income -
 U.S. GAAP                           $         11    $         22      (50%)
Depreciation and amortization
 expense                                       60              40       50%
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
Recorded Music OIBDA                 $         71    $         62       15%
                                     ============    ============   ======

Recorded Music operating income
 margin                                       1.7%            4.1%
Recorded Music OIBDA margin                  10.8%           11.6%

Music Publishing operating income -
 U.S. GAAP                           $          6    $         11      (45%)
Depreciation and amortization
 expense                                       18              17        6%
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
Music Publishing OIBDA               $         24    $         28      (14%)
                                     ============    ============   ======

Music Publishing operating income
 margin                                       4.4%            8.2%
Music Publishing OIBDA margin                17.5%           20.9%



                                     For the Nine    For the Nine
                                     Months Ended    Months Ended
                                       June 30,        June 30,        %
                                         2014            2013       Change
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
                                      (unaudited)     (unaudited)
Total WMG operating (loss) income -
 GAAP                                $         (5)   $        116        -
Depreciation and amortization
 expense                                      238             181       31%
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
Total WMG OIBDA                      $        233    $        297      (22%)
                                     ============    ============   ======

Operating (loss) income margin               (0.2%)           5.5%
OIBDA margin                                 10.3%           14.1%

Recorded Music operating income -
 GAAP                                $         27    $        141      (81%)
Depreciation and amortization
 expense                                      176             121       45%
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
Recorded Music OIBDA                 $        203    $        262      (23%)
                                     ============    ============   ======

Recorded Music operating income
 margin                                       1.4%            8.1%
Recorded Music OIBDA margin                  10.8%           15.0%

Music Publishing operating income -
 GAAP                                $         45    $         47       (4%)
Depreciation and amortization
 expense                                       53              50        6%
                                     ------------    ------------   ------
Music Publishing OIBDA               $         98    $         97        1%
                                     ============    ============   ======

Music Publishing operating income
 margin                                      11.6%           12.5%
Music Publishing OIBDA margin                25.3%           25.7%


Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted Net (Loss) Income
Adjusted operating income, Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted net (loss) income is operating income, OIBDA and net (loss) income, respectively, adjusted to exclude the impact of certain items that affect comparability ("Factors Affecting Comparability"). Factors affecting period-to-period comparability of the unadjusted measures in fiscal year 2014 included the Q3 2014 Charges. We use Adjusted operating income, Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted net (loss) income to evaluate our actual operating performance. We believe that the adjusted results provide relevant and useful information for investors because they clarify our actual operating performance, make it easier to compare our results with those of other companies in our industry and allow investors to review performance in the same way as our management. Since these are not measures of performance calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP, they should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, operating income, OIBDA and net loss attributable to Warner Music Group Corp. as indicators of operating performance, and they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies.

Figure 6. Warner Music Group Corp. - Reconciliation of Reported to Adjusted
 Results, Three and Nine Months Ended 6/30/14 versus 6/30/13
(dollars in millions)


For the Three Months
 Ended June 30, 2014
                           Total Record-  Music
                            WMG     ed  Publish-
                         Operat-   Music  ing         Record-  Music
                            ing  Operat- Operat- Total   ed   Publish
                          (Loss)    ing    ing    WMG   Music  -ing    Net
                          Income  Income Income  OIBDA  OIBDA  OIBDA  loss
                          ------  ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
                          (unaud (unaud  (unaud (unaud (unaud (unaud (unaud
                           -ited) -ited)  -ited) -ited) -ited) -ited) -ited)
Reported Results          $  (15) $   11 $    6 $   66 $   71 $   24 $ (184)
Factors Affecting
 Comparability:
  PLG Professional Fees
   and Integration Costs      15      15      -     15     15      -     15
  PLG Restructuring
   expense                    18      18      -     18     18      -     18
  Lease Surrender             10       -      -     10      -      -     10
                          ------  ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
Adjusted Results          $   28  $   44 $    6 $  109 $  104 $   24 $ (141)
                          ------  ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------

Adjusted Margin              3.6%    6.7%   4.4%  13.8%  15.9%  17.5%


For the Three Months
Ended June 30, 2013
                           Total Record-  Music
                            WMG     ed  Publish-
                         Operat-   Music  ing         Record-  Music
                            ing  Operat- Operat- Total   ed   Publish
                          (Loss)    ing    ing    WMG   Music  -ing    Net
                          Income  Income Income  OIBDA  OIBDA  OIBDA  loss
                          ------  ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
                          (unaud (unaud  (unaud (unaud (unaud (unaud (unaud
                           -ited) -ited)  -ited) -ited) -ited) -ited) -ited)
Reported Results          $    8  $   22 $   11 $   69 $   62 $   28 $  (62)
Factors Affecting
 Comparability:
  PLG Professional Fees
   and Integration Costs       7       4      -      7      4      -      7
  PLG Restructuring
   expense                     3       3      -      3      3      -      3
                          ------  ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
Adjusted Results          $   18  $   29 $   11 $   79 $   69 $   28 $  (52)
                          ------  ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------

Adjusted Margin              2.7%    5.4%   8.2%  11.9%  12.9%  20.9%


For the Nine Months Ended
June 30, 2014
                           Total Record-  Music
                            WMG     ed  Publish-
                         Operat-   Music  ing         Record-  Music
                            ing  Operat- Operat- Total   ed   Publish
                          (Loss)    ing    ing    WMG   Music  -ing    Net
                          Income  Income Income  OIBDA  OIBDA  OIBDA  loss
                          ------  ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
                          (unaud (unaud  (unaud (unaud (unaud (unaud (unaud
                           -ited) -ited)  -ited) -ited) -ited) -ited) -ited)
Reported Results          $   (5) $   27 $   45 $  233 $  203 $   98 $ (279)
Factors Affecting
 Comparability:
  PLG Professional Fees
   and Integration Costs      51      51      -     51     51      -     51
  PLG Restructuring
   expense                    42      42      -     42     42      -     42
Lease Surrender               10       -      -     10      -      -     10
                          ------  ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
Adjusted Results          $   98  $  120 $   45 $  336 $  296 $   98 $ (176)
                          ------  ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------

Adjusted Margin              4.3%    6.4%  11.6%  14.9%  15.7%  25.3%


For the Nine Months Ended
June 30, 2013
                           Total Record-  Music
                            WMG     ed  Publish-
                         Operat-   Music  ing         Record-  Music
                            ing  Operat- Operat- Total   ed   Publish
                          (Loss)    ing    ing    WMG   Music  -ing    Net
                          Income  Income Income  OIBDA  OIBDA  OIBDA  loss
                          ------  ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
                          (unaud (unaud  (unaud (unaud (unaud (unaud (unaud
                           -ited) -ited)  -ited) -ited) -ited) -ited) -ited)
Reported Results          $  116  $  141 $   47 $  297 $  262 $   97 $ (137)
Factors Affecting
 Comparability:
  PLG Professional Fees
   and Integration Costs      10       4      -     10      4      -     10
  PLG Restructuring
   expense                     3       3      -      3      3      -      3
                          ------  ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
Adjusted Results          $  129  $  148 $   47 $  310 $  269 $   97 $ (124)
                          ------  ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------

Adjusted Margin              6.1%    8.5%  12.5%  14.7%  15.4%  25.7%

Constant Currency
Because exchange rates are an important factor in understanding period-to-period comparisons, we believe the presentation of revenue on a constant-currency basis in addition to reported revenue helps improve the ability to understand our operating results and evaluate our performance in comparison to prior periods. Constant-currency information compares results between periods as if exchange rates had remained constant period over period. We use results on a constant-currency basis as one measure to evaluate our performance. We calculate constant-currency results by applying current-year foreign currency exchange rates to prior-year results. However, a limitation of the use of the constant-currency results as a performance measure is that it does not reflect the impact of exchange rates on our revenue, including, for example, the $11 million, $9 million, and $2 million favorable impact of exchange rates on our Total, Recorded Music revenue and Music Publishing revenue, respectively, in the three months ended June 30, 2014 compared to the prior-year quarter. These results should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, results reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Results on a constant-currency basis, as we present them, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies and are not a measure of performance presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Figure 7. Warner Music Group Corp. - Revenue by Geography and Segment,
 Three and Nine Months Ended 6/30/14 versus 6/30/13 as Reported and
 Constant Currency
(dollars in millions)

                                    For the        For the        For the
                                 Three Months   Three Months   Three Months
                                    Ended          Ended          Ended
                                   June 30,       June 30,       June 30,
                                     2014           2013           2013
                                 ------------   ------------   ------------
                                  As reported    As reported     Constant
                                  (unaudited)    (unaudited)    (unaudited)


US revenue
  Recorded Music                 $        253   $        225   $        225
  Music Publishing                         51             48             48

International revenue
  Recorded Music                          403            309            318
  Music Publishing                         86             86             88

Intersegment eliminations                  (5)            (5)            (5)

                                 ------------   ------------   ------------
Total Revenue                    $        788   $        663   $        674
                                 ============   ============   ============

Revenue by Segment:
Recorded Music
  Physical                       $        202   $        178   $        179
  Digital                                 299            236            240
                                 ------------   ------------   ------------
  Total Physical & Digital                501            414            419
  Artist services & expanded-
   rights                                  92             68             70
  Licensing                                63             52             54
                                 ------------   ------------   ------------
Total Recorded Music                      656            534            543
Music Publishing
  Performance                              52             51             51
  Mechanical                               31             33             34
  Synchronization                          25             26             26
  Digital                                  27             22             21
  Other                                     2              2              4
                                 ------------   ------------   ------------
Total Music Publishing                    137            134            136
Intersegment eliminations                  (5)            (5)            (5)
                                 ------------   ------------   ------------
Total Revenue                    $        788   $        663   $        674
                                 ============   ============   ============


                                 ------------   ------------   ------------
Total Digital Revenue            $        324   $        257   $        260
                                 ============   ============   ============



                                 For the Nine   For the Nine   For the Nine
                                 Months Ended   Months Ended   Months Ended
                                   June 30,       June 30,       June 30,
                                     2014           2013           2013
                                 ------------   ------------   ------------
                                  As reported    As reported     Constant
                                  (unaudited)    (unaudited)    (unaudited)


US revenue
  Recorded Music                 $        702   $        733   $        733
  Music Publishing                        144            139            139

International revenue
  Recorded Music                        1,180          1,012          1,011
  Music Publishing                        243            238            240

Intersegment eliminations                 (13)           (15)           (15)

                                 ------------   ------------   ------------
Total Revenue                    $      2,256   $      2,107   $      2,108
                                 ============   ============   ============

Revenue by Segment:
Recorded Music
  Physical                       $        620   $        667   $        664
  Digital                                 828            735            735
                                 ------------   ------------   ------------
  Total Physical and Digital            1,448          1,402          1,399
  Artist services & expanded-
   rights                                 238            178            180
  Licensing                               196            165            165
                                 ------------   ------------   ------------
Total Recorded Music                    1,882          1,745          1,744
Music Publishing
  Performance                             150            146            146
  Mechanical                               80             86             87
  Synchronization                          78             75             75
  Digital                                  71             62             62
  Other                                     8              8              9
                                 ------------   ------------   ------------
Total Music Publishing                    387            377            379
Intersegment eliminations                 (13)           (15)           (15)
                                 ------------   ------------   ------------
Total Revenue                    $      2,256   $      2,107   $      2,108
                                 ============   ============   ============

                                 ------------   ------------   ------------
Total Digital Revenue            $        895   $        793   $        793
                                 ============   ============   ============

Free Cash Flow
Free Cash Flow reflects our cash flow used in operating activities less capital expenditures and cash paid for investments. We use Free Cash Flow, among other measures, to evaluate our operating performance. Management believes Free Cash Flow provides investors with an important perspective on the cash available to service debt, fund ongoing operations and working capital needs, make strategic acquisitions and investments and pay any dividends or fund any repurchases of our outstanding notes or common stock in open market purchases, privately negotiated purchases or otherwise. As a result, Free Cash Flow is a significant measure of our ability to generate long-term value. It is useful for investors to know whether this ability is being enhanced or degraded as a result of our operating performance. We believe the presentation of Free Cash Flow is relevant and useful for investors because it allows investors to view performance in a manner similar to the method used by management. In addition, Free Cash Flow is also a primary measure used externally by our investors and analysts for purposes of valuation and comparing our operating performance to other companies in our industry.

Because Free Cash Flow is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP, Free Cash Flow should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, net (loss) income as an indicator of operating performance or cash flow used in operating activities as a measure of liquidity. Free Cash Flow, as we calculate it, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies. In addition, Free Cash Flow does not necessarily represent funds available for discretionary use and is not necessarily a measure of our ability to fund our cash needs. Because Free Cash Flow deducts capital expenditures and cash paid for investments from "cash flow used in operating activities" (the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure), users of this information should consider the types of events and transactions that are not reflected. We provide below a reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to the most directly comparable amount reported under U.S. GAAP, which is "net cash flow used in operating activities."

Figure 8. Warner Music Group Corp. - Calculation of Free Cash Flow, Three
 and Nine Months Ended 6/30/14 versus 6/30/13
(dollars in millions)


                                                   For the        For the
                                                Three Months   Three Months
                                                   Ended          Ended
                                                  June 30,       June 30,
                                                    2014           2013
                                                ------------   ------------
                                                 (unaudited)    (unaudited)
Net cash flow (used in) provided by operating
 activities                                     $        (38)  $         22
Less: Capital expenditures                                16             10
Less: Net cash paid for investments                        1             37

                                                ------------   ------------
Free Cash Flow                                  $        (55)  $        (25)
                                                ============   ============



                                                For the Nine   For the Nine
                                                Months Ended   Months Ended
                                                  June 30,       June 30,
                                                    2014           2013
                                                ------------   ------------
                                                 (unaudited)    (unaudited)

Net cash flow provided by operating activities  $         41   $        147
Less: Capital expenditures                                46             23
Less: Net cash paid for investments                       46             53

                                                ------------   ------------
Free Cash Flow                                  $        (51)  $         71
                                                ============   ============

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